Indigo plane, govt chopper in near-miss situation at Lucknow

In a narrow escape, an Indigo plane from Mumbai with over 180 people on board aborted landing at the airport here after its pilot detected a chopper of the Uttar Pradesh government in close range, prompting authorities to order an inquiry.

The incident was reported on Monday evening as the plane and the chopper were about to land at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport, a senior airport official said here on Tuesday. "Both the chopper and the flight were landing when the pilot of the airline decided to abort after he reported that the helicopter was in sight," director airport and ATC S C Hota said.

The Indigo Airbus 320 had 180 people and six infants on board along with eight crew members. Officials did not say who were on board the government chopper.

Hota said both the aircraft were following procedure.

"The matter is being investigated," the director said. "It was not a near-miss. The Air Traffic Control told the aircraft pilot to go around," airline sources claimed.

1 held for bomb hoax

MUMBAI: One Sandeep Menon has been arrested for a hoax bomb call because of which a Mumbai-Delhi GoAir flight was stranded at the Mumbai airport for hours on Saturday. He wanted to stop his business partner from leaving the city.

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